Western Kentucky Distilling Co., helmed by eighth-generation distiller and Kentuckian Jacob Call, has broken ground on what will be a $30 million distillery.
The new Western Kentucky Distilling Co. facility, according to those behind it, will open in phases, with the first portion planned for a mid-2023 debut. It will be located in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, in the western part of the state, distilling Kentucky bourbon and rye whiskeys.
Located on land that used to be a farm, the 25,000 square foot distillery will be spread across 80 acres and will feature 15 warehouses adding an additional 300,000 square feet. It will have the capacity to distill 50,000 barrels per year and store 250,000 barrels.
Call, formerly the master distiller of Green River Distilling before he left recently, will serve as COO and Master Distiller alongside Kentucky native and president of the distillery, JD Edwards. Both Call and Edwards have many years of experience in the distilling industry, and have stated they plan to “support the Kentucky economy by purchasing all cooking, fermenting, and distilling equipment in the state, including a Vendome 36” copper still, and [are also] planning to use all locally grown Kentucky corn in products.”
“From the best ingredients to an ideal climate for aging, Kentucky is known worldwide as the best place for making whiskey,” said Call in a prepared statement. “As someone who’s family goes back eight generations in both Kentucky and distilling, I’m proud to be a partner and to help build the new Western Kentucky Distilling Co.
“At the distillery, we’re celebrating all things Kentucky from our ingredients and equipment to our 100% Kentucky ownership. We look forward to opening next year.”
The distillery will focus on contract distilling to start, with signature brands and a visitor’s center down the road.
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